The answer is really the reason I started this blog -- I dream of being a textile designer. Though I've chosen a more practical (and still very satisfying) career in computer science, I like that I can be creative in my free time. There's an online printing service called Spoonflower that actually will print my designs on fabric, wallpaper, or giftwrap. All I have to do is make the images tile, and choose from their printable colors. I ordered fabric swatches and their handy color guide to get started:
Tonight I transformed the water pattern into a Spoonflower-ready pattern. I picked blue 00FFD4.
I have to proof my patterns before they are available for purchase. I plan to add the rest of the Elements collection in the coming week.